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This is Jean and Marie, and their two children, Lis and Theo - STATEC's model family. They need 3,935 euros per month, according to a benchmark budget - this corresponds to the net amount they need to be able to live decently in the Grand Duchy. At least that's the conclusion reached by STATEC, the national institute of statistics, in a recently published study giving details of what this model household needs financially to be able to take an active part in society in the Grand Duchy.
The American 'Heritage Foundation', in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, has published the 23rd edition of the 'Index of Economic Freedom'. Luxembourg comes in 14th place in this ranking which compares the degree of economic freedom in 180 countries.
STATEC's recent study of the cultural and social habits of the Grand Duchy's inhabitants reveals that the cinema, live performances, and visits to cultural sites attract nearly 60% of the total population. It also shows that participation in cultural activities decreases with age.
The international Berlin festival returns for its 67th edition form 9 to 19 February. The eclectic programme includes 3 Luxembourg co-productions from three different studios: Red Lion, Samsa Film and Melusine Productions.
In a country, digital technologies create new markets and business opportunities. The major challenge consists of making sure that these opportunities are seized by industrial companies and services so that digitalisation can become a job-creating lever for growth in the country.